The Professional Development Ladder reflects formal job related education and credentials gained through universities, 2-year colleges, technology centers, credentialing bodies, and Registry approved training sponsors. The various levels provide milestones for child care providers and connect with other areas of the state’s professional development system, such as Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), and Scholars for Excellence in Child Care.
The Professional Development Ladder is renewable annually. In order to renew, you must meet the criteria for a level and complete the required number of job related renewal training hours. There is no fee to renew your PDL if you apply each year before it expires.
Note: Entry Level Child Care Training (ELCCT), Family Child Care Home Entry Level Training (FHELT), Director’s Entry Level Training (DELT), and Out-of-School Time Entry Level Training (OST-ELT) can only be counted one time toward renewal hours.